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Report: Boldin could play on Sunday

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On December 22, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that receiver Anquan Boldin would miss the last two games of the regular season.  As it turns out, Harbaugh may have been incorrect.

John Clayton of ESPN.com reports that Dr. James Andrews has cleared Boldin to practice “and possibly play” on Sunday against the Bengals on Sunday.

Boldin has surgery last month to repair a slight cartilage tear in his knee.  He’s officially listed as doubtful, which means that he technically has a 25 percent chance of playing.

The Ravens need a win at Cincinnati to nail down the AFC North title and the No. 2 seed that will go along with it.  If the Ravens lose and the Steelers beat the Browns, Pittsburgh will win the division — and the Ravens once again will have to hit the road when the postseason starts.

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15 Responses to “Report: Boldin could play on Sunday”
  1. briscocountyjr says: Jan 1, 2012 12:58 AM

    hard for me not to root for this guy– the Quan is about as tough as they come…

  2. rexryantheblowhard says: Jan 1, 2012 1:00 AM

    Not worth rushing him back out there, no matter how big the game is… Ravens can win without him.

  3. raider23mike says: Jan 1, 2012 1:05 AM

    Bengals, Titans are losing tomorrow.

    Jets and Broncos are both gonna win.

    Raiders get into the Wildcard to play the Texans. Then to NE for the Tuck Rule rematch 10th anniversary. Followed by a trip to Baltimore for the AFC Championship

  4. ballsooharduniversity says: Jan 1, 2012 1:34 AM

    thats good, but i would rather see him suit up (if he is able to) and see limited playing time, i would rather see him take the bye (if we win) 100% then fighting off an injury during the potential bye. i would not like to see 3 out of our 4 top WR be rookies heading into playoffs…….most important thing Q, is get healthy

  5. ravenousmike says: Jan 1, 2012 1:50 AM

    No way he plays or should play. I thought that 4th rounder for Evans was a steal, but the only ones laughing right now are the Bills

  6. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jan 1, 2012 2:02 AM

    I’d rather lose the game without him playing than win the game with him playing and he gets hurt worse. We need him for the playoffs.

  7. kokoskmr says: Jan 1, 2012 2:57 AM

    Aquanaut Boldin != Peyton Hillis

  8. watermelon1 says: Jan 1, 2012 5:28 AM

    It doesn’t matter which receivers are on the field. The offense will work if Flacco doesn’t suck. If he plays like he’s been playing, though… even with Boldin, the offense will be horrible.

    If you can’t beat the Bengals without Boldin, then it doesn’t matter if you’re at home or on the road in the playoffs because you’re not going to get to the big show.

    I actually think having one less receiver(especially a veteran one who has no problem showing disgust when the QB misses him) for Flacco to feel “pressured” into making sure he gets his targets… can help the Ravens.

    And if the Ravens truly feel Boldin makes that much of a difference for the team, then it’s even more reason to rest him another week after knee surgery, as the team has already guaranteed their playoff berth. I think they’d rather have a more healthy Boldin for when it’s win-or-go-home, rather than risk injury setback in a game that means nothing more than playoff seeding.

  9. joetoronto says: Jan 1, 2012 7:39 AM

    Bolton is one tough SOB, I love his passion for the game.

  10. mikeb2hel says: Jan 1, 2012 8:25 AM

    Hope he does play. We want them all on the field to shake our hands when we lock down the last spot…

  11. barklikeadog says: Jan 1, 2012 8:43 AM

    From a Browns fan: GO PURPLE BROWNS! BEAT THE BOGO’s!

  12. tsutton84 says: Jan 1, 2012 9:07 AM

    @ Watermelon1 – Well put. The concern is not Boldin, it’s Flacco. He still hasn’t learned to look at more than his primary receiver, before immediately dumping off to Rice. He will not scan the field, looking at mutiple options. With Ed Dickson – an up & coming star – Torrey Smith and Lee Evans, Flacco has plenty of talented options. But, if he doesn’t learn to go through his progressions, the Ravens’ pass O will be forever mediocre.

    Flacco’s contract expires after 2012. He’s currently 20th in the NFL in passer rating, in his 4th year in the league. If he doesn’t move up into the top 10 next year… Ozzie ought to think REAL HARD about resigning him. 8 more years of mediocre is NOT in the team’s best interests. And, like Watermelon said, if you can’t beat the Bengals without Boldin… forget beating the Packers or Saints in Indy.

  13. jeepin08 says: Jan 1, 2012 10:26 AM

    tsutton84 says:
    Jan 1, 2012 9:07 AM
    @ Watermelon1 – Well put. The concern is not Boldin, it’s Flacco. He still hasn’t learned to look at more than his primary receiver, before immediately dumping off to Rice. He will not scan the field, looking at mutiple options. With Ed Dickson – an up & coming star – Torrey Smith and Lee Evans, Flacco has plenty of talented options. But, if he doesn’t learn to go through his progressions, the Ravens’ pass O will be forever mediocre.

    Flacco’s contract expires after 2012. He’s currently 20th in the NFL in passer rating, in his 4th year in the league. If he doesn’t move up into the top 10 next year… Ozzie ought to think REAL HARD about resigning him. 8 more years of mediocre is NOT in the team’s best interests. And, like Watermelon said, if you can’t beat the Bengals without Boldin… forget beating the Packers or Saints in Indy.

    ********************************************
    Both of these post are right on the money. Very well put to the both of you.

  14. ravenmaniacisback says: Jan 1, 2012 10:41 AM

    Toughest player in the NFL!

  15. vincentbojackson says: Jan 1, 2012 12:10 PM

    Boldin’s not even in ranked in the top 20 of any of the NFL receiving stats. He was a beast in Arizona when he used to have a QB that could get him the football.

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